Title: Night Moves (Hot Wire #1)
Author: Kat Cassidy
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: October 12, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Suspense
Page Count: 116
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
“He’ll steal your heart and then your car.”
Get revved up for book one in the new fast-paced contemporary crime m/m romance series from author Kat Cassidy.
Peter Bauer is a hard-living car thief with more skeletons in his closet than four-figure suits. Nikos Petrakis is a career mechanic who’s found himself on the wrong side of the law because of a secret of his own. Brought together by circumstance and a ’65 Shelby Cobra, they’ll have to navigate L.A.’s seedy underbelly in the sweet with heat world of Hot Wire.
I finished this short book (116 pages) in one sitting and while I can’t say I absolutely loved the plot, it has stuck with me and upon reflection, I want to read more about these characters.
Peter is a career car thief with a psychopath for a father (“Patience was how he’d built everything, knowing when to lie in wait. Pragmatic brutality had gotten him the rest of the way”) and a sister Olivia who may or may not be much better. We get their story in the present time, interspersed with a series of flashbacks that are at times horrifying and Kat Cassidy crafts memorable characters in a short number of pages. There is the beginning of a possible something between gorgeous Greek mechanic Nikos Patrakis and Peter … but Nikos has a lot of baggage of this own and Peter has been brutalized and demoralized by a lifetime with his father and needs to realize that he is not broken.
For such a short novella, this story packs a lot of punches and the ending gives us many threads for additional book(s) with Olivia going out on her own (“None of us are getting out of this fucking family alive unless we play this smart”) as Peter confronts demons of his own and Nikos copes with a huge loss and tries to start over. It’s gritty and depressing at times, but there’s something about this plot and the characters that just draws you in, and I’m looking forward to reading the second book in the series, “Backstreets.” 4 stars.